TECH SOUTH WEST AWARDS - Project and Event Management
To launch the first Tech South West Awards to bring together tech businesses and individuals across the South West, raise the profile of the region’s tech sector and showcase the ‘best in the west’.
Astley Media launched Tech South West in 2015 alongside local tech clusters and companies to help connect, celebrate and showcase the sector, and offer a platform for members to connect, communicate and collaborate. The awards were launched in 2019 to shine a light on the many tech success stories across the region.
Astley Media managed the whole process, from initial concept and development, to the launch, marketing, sponsorship programme and event management.
The awards cover Bath, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, recognising and celebrating talent, creativity, business success, education, leadership, diversity and more.
Over 210 people attended the first event, with the likes of BT, Tech Nation, Webmate, Ashfords, DeGould, Michelmores, Bishop Fleming and the UK Hydrographic Office amongst the partners and sponsors.
The showcase programme continues to evolve, with awards in 2020 building on the success of year one, and new monthly virtual Tech Gathering events for members, partners and sponsors.
Ceremony: 210 attendees, 83 organisations ‘in the room’, 19 corporate sponsors, 22 award winners.
Social media on the night: 300+ twitter posts, #TSWAwards trending by 9.15pm, 68 retweets, 238 likes, 5,500 post impressions on Linkedin.
Media Coverage: 32 articles published in media outlets including Grow Magazine, Exeter Daily, Express and Echo, Western Morning News and South West Business Council.
Tribe Tech Podcast (podcast series launched as part of the Tech South West Awards hosted by broadcast journalist Feyaza Khan and Ex-BBC Robert Hillier): Over 500 listens across ‘series 1’ episodes.
Awards now annual event, generating income for Tech South West.